Monessen man, woman jailed in police chase

September 5, 2017
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From left, Jessica Lynn Rose and Aaron Payne
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Jessica Lynn Rose
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Aaron Payne

MONESSEN – A Monessen man and woman are in custody on charges stemming from a police pursuit through three Mon Valley municipalities early Saturday, with the suspect’s vehicle reaching a speed of 85 mph.

Monessen police arrested the driver, Jessica Lynn Rose, 24, after she stopped her car about 2 a.m. on Bedsworth Street in Rostraver Township, got out and ran toward a business, where an officer threw her to the ground and handcuffed her, court records show.

The passenger, Aaron Payne, 51, was taken into custody after an officer drew his gun and ordered him to surrender after he crawled under a trailer in the area, the affidavit indicates.

The chase began after a Monessen officer attempted to pull over Rose’s car on Knox Avenue after it cruised through two stop signs. Rose ignored several other stop signs while police were following her in a cruiser with its emergency lights and siren activated.

Monessen police backed off after the car reached unsafe speeds on Schoonmaker Avenue and headed into the direction of the Charleroi-Monessen Bridge.

The car neared the outskirts of Monessen on Route 906 south, where the officer noticed Rose either dancing or jumping around in her seat while not wearing a seat belt, court records show. The officer again backed off after she started to lose control of the car and it nearly struck a curb before it traveled into Rostraver at a high rate of speed.

Seconds later officers from Rostraver and North Belle Vernon joined in the pursuit that followed State Road and Broad Avenue to Bedsworth Street.

Ten stamp bags of heroin were allegedly seized from Payne, who was sent to Westmoreland County jail on outstanding warrants. Police said Payne will be charged with drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Rose is charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, fleeing from police, flight to avoid apprehension, driving with a suspended or revoked license and a string of other traffic violations. She is in Westmoreland County jail on $10,000 bond set by District Judge Mark J. Bilik.

Scott Beveridge is a North Charleroi native who has lived most of his life in nearby Rostraver Township. He is a general assignments reporter focusing on investigative journalism and writing stories about the mid-Mon Valley. He has a bachelor's degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master's from Duquesne University. Scott spent three weeks in Vietnam in 2004 as a foreign correspondent under an International Center for Journalists fellowship.

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